IC-80AD VHF/UHF Dual Band Transceiver

IC-80AD VHF/UHF Dual Band Transceiver
IC-80AD VHF/UHF Dual Band Transceiver
Brand: Icom
Product Code: IC-80AD
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The Handheld Companion to the ID-880H Mobile

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Switchable VHF/UHF dual bander

The IC-80AD provides VHF/UHF dual band capabilities (one band at a time) via a simple band switching system.

Wideband receiver

The IC-80AD has a wideband receiver as a standard feature and covers 0.495-999.99MHz. *Listen to aviation, marine, weather channels and other utility communications*
*Receiver range depending on versions. See specifications page.

CS-80/880 free download cloning software

The CS-80/880 free download cloning software is available from the Icom web site. Used with this software, various settings can be made from a PC and the memory channels and other settings can be shared between IC-80AD and its matching mobile unit, the ID-880H. Please download from
*Either OPC-1529R, OPC-478 or OPC-478UC optional cable is required.

1052 memory channels

The IC-80AD has a total of 1052 memory channels (including 1000 regular channels, 50 scan edges and 2 call channels) with 26 memory banks. All memory channels and the program scan can be named with 8-character channel comments. Also each memory bank can be named with up to 6-character bank name comment.

Multiple scan function

The IC-80AD supports various scan types for maximum reception and ease of use

  • Full scan
  • Selected band scan
  • Programmed scan
  • Memory scan
  • Memory mode scan
  • All bank scan
  • Selected bank scan
  • Bank link scan (DMS)
  • Program scan link
  • Skip scan
  • Priority scan
  • Tone scan
  • Access repeater scan

Built-in CTCSS/DTCS encoder and decoder

Built-in CTCSS and DTCS tones are used for accessing a closed repeater or tone squelch operation. The pocket beep alerts you with a beep sound when the transceiver receives a preset tone. 1750Hz tone is also available.

Optional GPS speaker-microphone, HM-189GPS

When used with the new GPS speaker-microphone, HM-189GPS, the IC-80AD shows your position data on the display and offers a position reporting function in DV mode. The IC-80AD shows the direction to a memory position or to a received D-STAR station.

5 Watts (typical) output

The IC-80AD provides 5W (typical) output power both in VHF/UHF bands. The supplied BP-217 provides up to 6 hours* of operating time. When you don't need full power operation, you can reduce output power to 2.5/0.5/0.1W (typ.) for saving battery consumption 
*Tx high: Rx: Stand-by duty ratio= 1 min.: 1min.: 8 min. Power save on.

External DC power jack

An external DC power jack allows for operation with an external DC power supply (10-16VA DC). When used with the DC power cable simultaneously operation during charging is possible.

Keypad navigation

The 4-direction cursor buttons on the keypad give you quick and intuitive access to many settings.

Additional features

  • Monitor function to listen to a weak signal
  • 14 Variable tuning steps
  • Auto repeater function automatically turns on/off duplex operation and tone encoder
  • Weather channel receive with weather alert
  • 16 DTMF memory channels (24 digits)
  • Key lock function
  • 4 steps RF power selection (5W, 2.5W, 0.5W, 0.1W)
  • Drip-resistant construction, equivalent to IPX4
  • Auto power save, power off and power on
  • 10dB (approx.) built-in attenuator

DSTAR Schematic







Frequency range
Version 144MHz 440MHz Receive
U.S.A 144-
Asia 144-
General 144-
*1 Guaranteed Range 440-450 MHz
*2 Cellular Blocked
Mode FM, AM*, WFM*
* Rx only; not guaranteed
Number of memory channels 1052 channels (50 scan edges, 2 call)
Frequency stability ±2.5 ppm (−20°C to +60°C on the basis of 25° C)
Usable temp. range

−20°C to +60°C;

-4°F to +140°F

Power supply 7.4V DC (with BP-217)

Current drain (at 7.4V or 13.5V DC)

Tx High 1.8/2.1B typ.
  Low 0.6/0.7A typ.
 Rx Rated audio 220mA
  Power save 35mA (duty=1:4)
Tuning steps (KHz) 5, 6.25, 8.33, 9, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 100, 200
Antenna impedance 50Ω (SMA)


(projections not included)

58.4(W) × 103(H) × 34.2(D) mm;

2516(W) × 4116(H) × 11132(D) in

Weight 290 g; 10.3 oz (w/antenna and BP-217)

Output power (7.4 V DC)




5 W typ.

Low; 0.5 W typ.

Spurious emissions Less than −60dBc (high, mid) Less than -13dBm (low, slow)
Max. freq. deviation ±5 kHz/2.5 kHz (Wide/narrow)
Ext. MIC connector 2kΩ
Modulation system



FM reactance modulation

GMSK reactance modulation

Receive system Double-conversion superheterodyne

Intermediate frequencies







61.65 MHz (FM/AM)

59.25 kHz (WFM)

450 kHz

13.35 MHz

1.95 MHz

(typ. except spurious points)
FM (at 12dB SINAD)
  1.625 - 29.995 MHz 0.4 µV
  30.000 - 75.995 MHz 0.25 µV
  76 - 117.995 MHz 0.25 µV
  118.000 - 173.995 MHz 0.14 µV
  174.000 - 259.995 MHz 0.32 µV
  260.000 - 349.995 MHz 0.32 µV
  350.000- 469.995 MHz 0.16 µV
  470.000 - 599.995 MHz 0.32 µV
  600 - 999.995 MHz 0.56 µV
WFM (at 12dB SINAD)
  76-108.000 MHz 1.0 µV
  175 - 221.995 MHz 1.8 µV
  470 - 770 MHz 2.5 µV
AM (at 10dB S/N)
  0.495 - 4.995 MHz 1.3 µV
  5 - 29.995 MHz 0.56 µV
  118 - 137 MHz 0.5 µV
  222 - 246.995 MHz 0.79 µV
  247 - 329.995 MHz 1 µV


AM/FM Wide

FM-Narrow, DV


More than 50dB

More than 45dB

More than 300 kHz/-3dB

Less than 700 kHz/-20dB

Spurious and image reject. ratio
VHF (Ham band)
UHF (Ham band)
IF point

More than 60dB

More than 50dB (Except IF)

More than 60dB

Audio output power  (7.4V DC)

300mW typ. at 10% distortion with an 8Ω load
AF output impedance

All stated specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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